The Prince wrote to the then Minister for Housing and Planning, Yvette Cooper MP, to raise his concerns about affordable housing in rural communities and to offer his congratulations on the recently published Eco Towns Prospectus.
The then minister, Yvette Cooper, replied to say that she was delighted to hear of his support for the department’s work on eco-towns and was very pleased that the Prince’s Foundation (for the Built Environment) were working closely with the department in this area. The then minister went on to set out some of the ways the department was acting to tackle the barriers to the delivery of affordable housing in rural areas.
The Prince also wrote to the then Minister for Housing and Planning, Caroline Flint MP, to mention the difficulties in completing heritage-led regeneration projects experienced by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust. The Prince suggested a meeting to discuss this issue. The Prince’s letter also mentioned his concerns about affordable rural housing and his desire to see better vocational training. At the end of his letter The Prince refers to an earlier discussion with the minister about the possibility of secondments.
The then Minister for Housing and Planning, Caroline Flint MP, replied to the Prince to set out some of the ways the government were acting to deliver more affordable rural housing and to suggest a meeting between DCLG officials and the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment. The minister shared the Prince’s concerns about the decay of listed buildings and explained that the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Baroness Andrews, had been discussing this issue with English Heritage.